Kyphosis is characterized by the hunching or slumping of the upper back and spine. This condition often occurs in the elderly – women more often than men – as over time, the bones become weaker, sometimes due to osteoporosis.
Many people may have mild kyphosis and never experience any serious problems; however, if you notice slumping, you develop back pain or you’re experiencing stiffness, these may be signs of kyphosis.
Postural kyphosis can also occur due to poor posture and is most frequently diagnosed in younger females. For this reason, it’s important to practice proper posture from an early age. Naturally, the spine should make a slight “S” in a front-to-back shape formation. Variations exist among individuals, of course, but consciously working to maintain proper posture, both while sitting and standing, is important for overall spinal health.
If kyphosis develops, however, and it is left untreated, the condition can progress quite dramatically. The hunching can become severe enough that it impairs proper breathing function and causes acute pain in other areas of the body. Preventative and proactive treatment is ideal for this type of spinal condition.